About AEC

We are the Australian Energy Council

We represent 21 major electricity and downstream natural gas businesses operating in the competitive wholesale and retail energy markets. These businesses collectively generate the overwhelming majority of electricity in Australia, sell gas and electricity to over 10 million homes and businesses, and are major investors in renewable energy generation.

The Council began operating from 1 January 2016. With Australia’s energy industry undergoing a period of rapid, transformative change member companies of the Energy Supply Association of Australia (esaa), Energy Networks Australia (ENA) and the Energy Retailers Association of Australia (ERAA) decided to reorganise and rationalise their representative associations in 2015.

From 1 January 2016, the merchant, non-network energy businesses commenced the Australian Energy Council and the ERAA merged into this new organisation. Matthew Warren was appointed as its inaugural Chief Executive.

In July 2018, Sarah McNamara was appointed as Chief Executive of the Australian Energy Council.

The ENA continues to serve its network members and absorbed the responsibility for Grid Australia activities on behalf of the electricity transmission sector.


Benefits of Membership

Australian Energy Council members have access to a range of industry benefits and services.

Experience and Networks

Our secretariat is a team of expert energy analysts, economists and public policy advocates with extensive experience in the energy industry. The Council has well-established relationships with government, opposition and allied stakeholders across all jurisdictions. The Council uses this expertise to support its members, and assist in managing the key issues impacting member businesses and the energy sector.

Your Voice In The Industry

Utilising our extensive networks across media, industry and government, we are proactive in public debates and use this platform to promote key strategies, inform consumers, defend the industry against unwarranted or incorrect criticism and advocate for the industry generally.

  • Chair
    Brett Redman Chief
    Brett Redman Chief
    Executive Officer / Managing Director, AGL
  • Deputy Chair
    Greg Everett
    Greg Everett
    Managing Director, Delta Electricity
Directors
Amy Childs
Amy Childs
Managing Director, Momentum Energy
Andrew Bills
Andrew Bills
Chief Executive Officer, CS Energy
Jeff Dimery
Jeff Dimery
Chief Executive Officer, Alinta Energy
Richard van Breda
Richard van Breda
Chief Executive Officer, Stanwell
Frank Calabria
Frank Calabria
Chief Executive Officer, Origin
Mark Collette
Mark Collette
Executive, Energy, EnergyAustralia
Iain Graham
Iain Graham
Chief Executive Officer, Red Energy, Lumo Energy and Direct Connect
Ross Rolfe
Ross Rolfe
Chief Executive Officer / Managing Director, Infigen
  • Sarah McNamara
    Sarah McNamara
    Chief Executive

    Sarah McNamara was appointed as Chief Executive of the Australian Energy Council in July 2018.

    Sarah joined the Energy Council as General Manager of Corporate Affairs in January 2016. She is an industry leader with more than a decade of experience working with policy and regulatory frameworks across the resources and energy sectors.

    Prior to the Energy Council, Sarah was Chief of Staff to the then Minister for Industry, the Hon Ian Macfarlane, and has also worked as a senior policy adviser to the Prime Minister.

    Between 2008 and 2013 Sarah worked in AGL’s Corporate Affairs team as Head of Government Affairs and Community Engagement. Sarah began her career as a corporate lawyer, and has a Bachelor of Arts/Law from the University of Melbourne.

  • Ben Skinner
    Ben Skinner
    General Manager Policy & Research

    Ben Skinner was appointed as General Manager, Policy & Research of the Australian Energy Council in October 2017. His role primarily focusses on environmental policy and wholesale market policy in order to promote efficient, secure and competitive outcomes in the Australian energy sector.

    Prior to this he was Specialist, Market Development at the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) for nine years, primarily liaising with government on environmental policy matters, including secondments to the Garnaut and Climate Change Authority secretariats.

    Historically, Ben has worked as head of spot trading and then wholesale regulatory management for TRUEnergy (now Energy Australia).

    Ben holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering and Diploma of Applied Finance.

  • Ben Barnes
    Ben Barnes
    General Manager Retail Policy

    Ben Barnes was appointed General Manager, Retail Policy in April 2020, after joining the Australian Energy Council in July 2018 as Director Retail Policy. His role primarily focuses on the development of small customer retail policy, with the objective of delivering positive outcomes for customers engaging in the market.

    Prior to joining the Council, Ben was a Regulatory Manager at Red Energy for 7 years, responsible for consumer protection and distributed energy regulation.

    He has extensive knowledge of retail energy markets and its regulatory framework, with particular expertise in consumer protections, engagement, and new product innovation.

  • Hamish Fitzsimmons
    Hamish Fitzsimmons
    General Manager Corporate Affairs

    Hamish Fitzsimmons was appointed General Manager, Corporate Affairs in July 2020. He has a deep understanding of media and government and leads the Council’s responses in these areas.

    Prior to joining the Council, Hamish worked in the finance and health insurance sectors where he specialised in media and government relations.

    Prior to that he was a journalist at the ABC for 20 years, mainly working on the 7:30, Lateline, and AM/PM programs. Hamish won several major journalism awards, including two Walkley Awards (Online Journalism and Investigative Journalism).

Carl Kitchen
Carl Kitchen
Communications Manager
Sylwia Kautz
Sylwia Kautz
Finance Manager
David Markham
David Markham
DER and Networks Policy Manager
Graham Pearson
Graham Pearson
WA Policy Manager
Carol Tran
Carol Tran
Data & Statistical Analyst
Rhys Thomas
Rhys Thomas
Policy Adviser
Justine Lovell
Justine Lovell
Communications Adviser
Anna Ortiz
Anna Ortiz
Executive Assistant / Office Manager
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